Sunday, January 4, 2015

December 22, 2014

This week went really fast. had a few days of work and then friday we drove to Bloemfontien for zone conference. it was a nice Zone Conference based around gaining more spirituality. It was nice being around about 50 missionaries and we all had a nice time. they got us a Hotel/ spa place since about 24 of us drove a long way and we were having our Christmas party the next day. it was a cool place to stay at they had like 30 peacocks just walking around the grounds and we all just enjoyed time playing soccer and chatting while we were there. but the next day we had a good time and a nice big meal. my district and i sand Silent Night and I am a Child of God in Sotho which was fun. President Z also showed us a few videos that i suggest you all watch before Christmas. One was "He is the Gift" which was a big deal for the church and then a few videos by The Piano Guys one was "angels we have heard on high" which they do with David Archeleta and the have the world record for the largest live nativity. that video gave me the chills. anyways not much to talk about this week. i did get one of the Christmas packages and it had all the letters from Katie which i love but i dont know if i'll open all of them by the time i get home haha. im Excited to skype with all of you Christmas Day at 8 to 10 pm my time. think of things to talk about or it might be short haha just kidding. Anyways i thought i'd share a quick quote in closing. "This Christmas, Mend a Quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss Suspicion and replace it with Trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grude. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demand on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and the speak it again." - President Howard W. Hunter. Dont read these and say " Wow that would be perfect for so and so" but instead pick one or more and apply it to yourself so you can bless your own lives but also the lives around you. You will see more blessings if you apply one of those to yourself and act for someone else! Love you all a ton! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Remember we put Christ in Christmas when we give the gift of ourselves.
Elder Sorenson

Christmas Package

Katie's present to Alex (50 envelopes of presents)

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